Manchester United beat Roma 6-2 in the Europa League semi-finals at Old Trafford.

Here’s a look at five things we learned from the game …

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The lack of maturity was the perfect start

Just like in 2007, United started quickly against Roma. Bruno Fernandes scored a wonderfully designed goal after a good job by Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani.

This time, however, United lacked the maturity to benefit from the quick start and score a second.

Roma rose on the other end and won a penalty after a handball from Paul Pogba. Though not intended, Pogba stopped the cross with his hand and if it had been the other way around, United would have appealed for it.

The away goal calmed the Roma at a time when they should have wobbled and United’s early advantage was undone in just six minutes.

United’s pass move for the goal was exquisite, and that kind of free-flowing football was nowhere to be seen in the first half, and the Roma scored a second goal before half-time.

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Fernandes shows its quality

In the run-up to this game a little too much was done by Bruno Fernandes, who was “out of shape”.

As his goals and assists began to run dry, he was still influencing the games, as evidenced by his formidable mock-up for Mason Greenwood’s goal in defeating Burnley.

Fernandes proved a point against Roma, scoring two goals and helping Edinson Cavani’s equalizer in the second half.

There have been some unfair questions about his contribution in big games for United. This was an ideal way to answer these critics and deliver in the semifinals.

He will be needed again for the second leg next week and this performance will give him extra confidence. He is back.

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United’s nerves were clear in the first half. And a very uncomfortable second could have gone down 2-1 when it came to a fifth semifinal under Solskjaer.

Solskjaer retained confidence in his team selection and the big, experienced players on the team grew stronger.

Edinson Cavani met with the help of Fernandes. Luke Shaw played a key role in the third goal and delivered the cross, while Paul Pogba even took action.

This could have been a moment for United to wither. Instead, as they often do, United recovered from a deficit and turned the game around convincingly.

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A night to remember

At halftime it looked like a night to forget. Was the team’s curse on the rise again in the semi-finals?

The way the team turned this around was a delight and United was just too good for the Roma, who completely fell apart in the second half.

There have been some memorable semi-finals for United fans over the years. That second 45 minutes was one of the most pleasant.

The atmosphere would have been really electrifying if the fans had been at Old Trafford.

It also felt cathartic and helped erase the bad memories of previous semifinals. United needed that.

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Job done?

To concede two away goals was far from ideal and on one stage it looked like there would be something for the Roma in the second leg to hold onto.

Now United’s advantage seems way too strong.

Only one disaster stands between United and one final point. The team can be confident of getting into the second leg, especially with a strong away record.

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